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CSPAN
Feb 13, 2010 9:00pm EST
, ben bernanke, tim geithner and sheila bair at head of the fdic. i know a lot of people in finance and business and government. i cannot think of four people who would have done a better job to get us through that. it is fashionable to look back and look at one little aspect of what was happening our country's financial system froze up during that period. some of you were at a party i was at september 2008 when the talk of what are the money market funds save? when you have 3.5 trillion of funds held by 30 million people who on a sunday night worry about whether they can get their money, that was half of all deposits. you have a panic. you have commercial paper frees up entirely and some of the biggest companies in the united states that are described, worried if they would be payrolls in a short period of time. the six largest bank in the country with domestic deposits washington mutual and the third largest bank, wachovia, needed of shock on a monday morning to survive. most interesting, but this book starts and early september when freddie mac and fannie mae essentially were bro
CSPAN
Feb 14, 2010 10:00am EST
ben bernanke. we have tim geithner, and we had sheila bair, the head of the fdic. and i know a lot people in finance. i know a lot of people in business. i know a lot of people in government. and i can't think of four that would have done a better job of getting us through that. now it's kind of fashionable now to look back and pick out one little aspect or another of what was happening then, but our country's financial system froze up during that period. some of you in this room were at a party i was at in september of 2008 when the talk was, are our money market funds safe? now, when you have 3.5 or more trillion of funds held by 30 million people, who on a sunday night are worrying about whether they can get their money, that money was half of all the deposits held by u.s. banks at the time. you have a panic. you had commercial paper freeze up entirely, and you had some of the biggest companies in the united states, and some of them are described in this book, to worry about whether they're going to meet their payrolls in a short bit of time. you had the sixth largest bank in th
CNN
Feb 14, 2010 3:00pm EST
geithner, the treasury secretary. that means henry paulson, ben bernanke, were the dentists. how does that make you feel, the thing that everybody hates is the thing you had to do. >> let me tell you, i felt like i was having a root canal. >> without anesthesia. >> i was a dentist having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. but there's a scene in the book -- my book, "on the brink," and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. and what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and it would be the treasury secretary that did all these interventions. then, i said, that would be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down. bi i'll be the treasury secretary who presides over another great depression. >> back with david gergen and diane brady. the reason we have you guys on is because you're honest about this. i think -- i think henry paulson had it right on there and there's a whole lot of revisionist history going on on capi
CSPAN
Feb 14, 2010 5:00pm EST
tough. i knew when we went as seeing in the book we talk about where bin bernanke and i told congress we're going to need these authorities, and the difficulty we had at that time was as more and said better than i could. the arteries of the financial system were freezing up, and so i knew with certainty that business was going to turn down because when you have companies it is uncertain whether they will appeal to raise short-term funding. most of the cfo's are going to go to the ceo and say i may not be able to have all of the funding he would like for the next 30 days so what does a prudent company do? they start cutting back but the congress had an seen this yet so they hadn't seen it in their district so i knew with certainty it was going to get worse. i'm not sure i knew it was calling to be 10% on an employment but i knew we was going to be bad. so then, and i knew if they didn't do something in the collapsed, then the businesses wouldn't be able to find themselves, wouldn't be able to pay for the inventories and pay the supply years and would let employees the and the would ri
CSPAN
Feb 14, 2010 10:30am EST
chairman, ben bernanke, said that we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debts continue to rise and are unsustainable. the former treasury secretary said that it is clearly unsustainable in. the former head of the gao said it we are on an imprudent and unsustainable long-term fiscal path. as the former chairman of the federal reserve, alan greenspan said the the budget is on an unsustainable path. notice any similarities? unsustainable, unsustainable, unsustainable. look, i know that there is a sense of denial amongst our colleagues. about the seriousness of the threat. i see it every day. i just came from a meeting where i saw it. this is tough, but it has got to be dealt with. if we let this get away from us, we will rue the day, rue the day. regretting forever the consequences for the country. whether it is through a proposal from the president or some other method, we have got to deal with the consequences of a failure to act. so, we have to back. the sooner, the better. we will go out to our witnesses. doctor, thank you so much for being here. it would be hard to ha
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